This popular Chippendale entry attracts students, locals and workers from the trendy designer businesses located in the vicinity. The large blackboard menu is the only hint that all ordering is done at the counter. For breakfast I recommend the Tuscan Toast with Ricotta, Honey and Cinnamon ($9.90) and a Latte ($3.50). I will warn though, the coffee here is variable – it’s best when the handsome Ryan Jace is behind the machine – use this fact wisely, and don’t be afraid to select an excellent Banana Smoothie ($5.90) instead. The fresh juices including my personal favourite, Pineapple, Apple, Ginger and Mint ($5.90), make a nice accompaniment to lunch. My usual options include the Chicken Coriander Mayo with Fresh Lime and Chilli Casa Roll ($9.90) and the Lamb with Marinated Beetroot, Fetta, Roasted Peppers and Yoghurt Sauce Casa Roll ($9.90). If it’s cold and your thoughts turn to pasta, the Chicken, Mushroom, White Wine and Cream ($16.90) scrubs up best. Bear in mind, all the pastas are penne – which suits the Tiger Prawns with Pesto, Roast Tomato, White Wine and Cream ($18.90) treatment too. Specials like Corn Cakes with Poached Eggs, Spinach, Hollandaise and Bacon ($18.90) are both generous and filling, but could change more often to keep regulars like me interested.
92 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale
Ph: (02) 9698 4424 www.cafegiulia.com